February 12 marked Dr. Ulrich Jäppelt’s 60th birthday, and this year will also see the 20th anniversary of his joining the WTM Engineers Executive Board. All the more reason to celebrate and a welcome occasion to take a look back.
Dr. Ulrich Jäppelt was born in Freiburg and studied at the Leibniz University of Hanover, where he gained a PhD with honors under Prof. Rothert for a thesis about shell buckling. Even before that – back in 1990, in fact – engineering firm Windels Timm Morgen (now WTM Engineers) in Hamburg became his professional home. The diversity and immense breadth of the projects that Ulrich Jäppelt has since tackled with such zest are truly impressive. Among other things, his name is linked to the masterplan for the HafenCity and the futuristic swing bridge at the Alter Hafen in Bremerhaven, as well as some spectacular high-rises. His passion, however, lies in hydraulic engineering; be it the flood barriers at the Port of Hamburg or in Scharbeutz on the Baltic Sea, impressive feats of hydraulic engineering like the new five lock chambers of the Kiel Canal at Brunsbüttel, pioneering port projects in Hamburg, Rostock and Helgoland, or the expansion of offshore wind power.
In 2004 he was certified as an inspection engineer, and since 2012 Ulrich Jäppelt has been State of Hamburg chairman for the inspection engineers’ association. In a voluntary capacity, Dr. Jäppelt is a member of numerous professional boards, standardization committees and BIM forums, and is a member of the boards at the Hamburg Chamber of Civil and Structural Engineers (Hamburgische Ingenieurkammer-Bau), the German Port Technology Association (Hafentechnische Gesellschaft) and the German Confederation of Test Engineers (Bundesvereinigung der Prüfingenieure).
His colleagues on the board as well as all the employees at WTM Engineers would like to congratulate him on reaching this milestone birthday. Not only do we thank him sincerely for his extraordinary dedication, but we also look forward to working together over the years to come and wish the passionate sailor calm seas and full sails.